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The early signs of dementia are so subtle that they may be missed or mistaken for symptoms of another illness. Since so many dementia symptoms are similar to those of other diseases, it’s always best to check with your healthcare provider.

What are some of the earliest signs of dementia?

  • Lack of interest in social activities or favorite hobbies. This may be due to a patient realizing something is wrong and avoiding anything that is complicated or too noisy. It can also be a sign of depression.
  • Repetition. Though many of us repeat ourselves as we age, especially seniors over 80, if your loved one starts to repeat tasks shortly after they have already completed them, this could be a sign of dementia.
  • Not knowing what season it is, or the month or year. While it’s common not to know the exact date, as those with dementia begin to lose their ability to understand time, they will also lose track of the seasons. Their confusion may extend so far as not knowing where they are at a certain time.
  • Poor judgement. Those with dementia lose their fear of strangers and may approach people on the street, asking them questions. At the same time, they might also have trouble putting their thoughts into words.This is when they are especially vulnerable to scams and people trying to take advantage of them.
  • For some dementia patients, loss of vision may mark the earliest sign that is noticeable to others.They may have spatial problems such as judging distances.

If you notice any of these signs in yourself or a loved one, see your healthcare specialist immediately. For the full article on early signs of dementia, click here.